1820 Settler Party : Rowles
|Number in the Party||27|
|Area Party originated from||London, England|
|Area allocated to the party||Kap River|
|Surnames in party||Blackbeard, Chipperfield, Crane, Estcourt, Hatt, Hawkes, Hooper, Rowles, Smith, Surmon, Toynbee, Unknown, Whiteing, Wilson,|
|Other Information|| A party of 27 from London led by Thomas ROWLES sailed in "Nautilus". They were located on the right bank of the Kap River and called their location Rivers Dale. Thomas ROWLES left early and was succeeded in charge by Francis BLACKBEARD.
|Settler Handbook Content:||No. 10 on the Colonial Department list, led by Thomas Rowles of 22 Weymouth Terrace, Hackney Road, London. Rowles' initial application to emigrate was made from Stroud in Gloucestershire, a centre of the West of England cloth trade which had been hard-hit by the recession. Rowles described himself as a 'traveller, clerk, surveyor, etc' who wished to combine agriculture with schoolteaching; he was 'possessed of an elevated mind' as well as an eloquent pen with which to plead his party's case: 'The refusal to our petition must come as a thunder bolt, it must be received by us under our present gloomy circumstances as a warrant to suffer martyrdom by starvation'. Rowles' proposed party consisted of 11 men and their families; one of them, Isaac Wiggill, subsequently joined Bradshaw's party, recruited in the nearby village of Cam, and six others 'withdrew from their agreement in consequence of listening to the false rumours which are so industriously circulated by the enemies of all good and laudable efforts'. A revised list was submitted to the Colonial Department in October and deposits were paid for 10 men: four of the original party, Rowles, Chipperfield, Crane and Hawkes, and six newcomers, some or all of whom may have been recruited in London. John Smith, ropemaker and one-time boatswain of the Impregnable, was among the last additions; he had been a member of a London party under John Staples whose application to emigrate had been unsuccessful.